Vancouver Int’l Airport
Vancouver International Airport offers a spectacular visual display of award-winning art and architecture. Offering visitors a unique journey of Land, Sea and Sky, each terminal building strategically represents the culture heritage, natural beauty and iconic experiences that embody British Columbia. The 50 foot tall GSky Green Wall represents the Coastal Mountains, which it faces to the North. The pixelated pattern in the wall was designed to reflect the mountains through groups of plants. The Green Wall is located immediately outside the doors of the International arrivals gate on the front wall of the YVR Canada Line Station.
The design of the panels and plants on the wall was undertaken by Randy Sharp of Sharp + Diamond Landscape Architects with plant selection done together with GSky. The plants were grown into the panels for several months in advance of delivery to the site. The plants selected for the project were selected due to their ability to survive well on a North facing wall under heavy wind conditions. Given the walls height of over 50 feet, the largest scissor lift available had to be used to install the frames, panels and irrigation system. The installation took a total of 20 working days. As the wall is in a freezing climate zone, it has the GSky Irrigation Automated Winterization and Recharging system installed.
The Green Walls maintenance is performed using a spider lift provided by the Vancouver Airport Authority for use by GSky at the site. The photo on the right shows the wall recovering nicely from the 2009/2010 winter. It has continued to grow in througout the summer of 2010.